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Old 03-29-2005, 12:52 PM   #11
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don't forget a gallon of water or engine coolant

and if you have a generator, i'd suggest a charger or better yet a 100 amp charger/starter. IT's sometimes difficult to convince a stranger to give ya a jump start.


IF you have air brakes, i'd definately go for the air driven impact wrench. All of the fittings on your air tank under the bus are standard NPT (national pipe thread) you can go to home depot and buy all the fittings for about 10 bucks.

Bring some wrenches, especially important is the wrench that fits the nut on top of the injector to bleed the air out of the system (if it's a diesel)

Go-JO and paper towels so you can get cleaned up in the event you have to work on the bus

an extra 5 or 10 gallons of fuel isn't a bad idea if you have a place to store it
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Old 04-01-2005, 11:49 AM   #12
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new jack

I just picked up a "new" slightly used 20 tonne hydraulic jack for $10 from a used rv parts place. I have opted for the breaker bar by hand method for removing lug nuts. Should I have wood blocks to hold the bus up instead of relying on a jack? They have been known to fail. Thanks for all the good tips on stuff to bring. It's always great to have mulitiple inputs.
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Blocks would work but another 20T jack or heavy jack stand would be safer. I always try to use a jack and jack stand side by side.
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Old 04-01-2005, 01:11 PM   #14
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Manual Tire Changing

I just thought of a safety issue to consider. If you have the Dayton (spoked) wheels that use the wedges to hold the rims to the wheel, be very careful changing tires, or even loosening the lug-nuts. The wedges are under great pressure, and I have heard stories that even when they are just being loosened, they can pop off from the pressure with enough force to pierce a steel drum. I have heard that mechanics loosen all of them somewhat, and then stand back out of the way and whack the rim with a mallet, which causes the wedges to pop off in a somewhat controlled way.
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Old 04-01-2005, 04:03 PM   #15
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explosive wheel removal!

Thanks for the heads up

I do not have my bus with me right now (engine work still ) but when I get it back I will have to look.
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